Van Wert High School Guidance Counselor Connie Ainsworth shares information about the Class of 2014 with members of the Board of Education Wednesday night. (DHI Media/Ed Gebert)
Van Wert High School Guidance Counselor Connie Ainsworth shares information about the Class of 2014 with members of the Board of Education Wednesday night. (DHI Media/Ed Gebert)

VAN WERT — One more high school diploma was handed out Wednesday at the monthly meeting of the Van Wert City Schools Board of Eduction. The board members approved the granting of a diploma to David Charles Briggs who dropped out of school to enter the U.S. Army when he was younger due to a family hardship. Since that time, Briggs earned a Bachelor’s and a Master’s Degree in education from Indiana University. Briggs, who lives in Florida, did not attend the meeting. The board approved the motion unanimously. Briggs’ diploma will be mailed to him.

Van Wert High School guidance counselors Connie Ainsworth and Kerry Koontz gave an education impact presentation to the board. Ainsworth gave details about the recently-graduated Class of 2014. According to Ainsworth, 46.9 percent of the class will be pursuing Bachelor’s degrees, 16.8 percent are seeking an Associate’s degree, 21 percent are already employed or are seeking a job, 3.5 percent are joining the military, and 11 percent are currently undecided. Koontz also gave basic information about the services offered by the Guidance Office, and noted that the Class of 2014 was the first to graduate after four years of project-based learning.

The report of District Treasurer Mike Ruen was approved as was the amended permanent appropriations for fiscal year 2014 of $21,926,516.89 from the general fund and $35,539,934.25 overall. Fiscal year 2015 temporary appropriations of $13,200,000 from the general fund and $25,688,302.50 overall. The estimated resources for fiscal year 2014 totaled $23,411,495.60 in the general fund and $40,343,543.20 overall.



Superintendent Ken Amstutz reported that the district received the Early Childhood Expansion Grant for $120,000 for each of the next two years. Also, the district will participate in the fifth year of Race to the Top, despite the fact that this year is not a monetary award year.

Also on Wednesday the board accepted the resignations of Amy Honigford as a fourth grade teacher, and from Betty Holiday as middle school boys cross country coach.

Contracts were approved for Dave Froelich as elementary administrative assistant Katelyn Schindeldecker as first grade teacher, Tabitha Dickman as third grade teacher, Abbey Craft and Olivia Elkins as fourth grade teachers, Kelsey Moorman as middle school science teacher, Tricia Hughes as high school English teacher, Angela Myers as LifeLinks teacher, and Kaitlin Roberts as Early Childhood Center paraprofessional.

Justin Krogman was granted a three-year contract as elementary assistant principal. Kate Kinlayson received a supplemental contract as middle school fall cheerleading coach. The summer intervention staff will consist of: Laura Foster, Judy Smith, Kaitlin Roberts, Jessica Small, Drew Bittner, Brittany Hayden, Janine Warnecke, Lisa Knoch, Shelly Place, Sara Royer, Stephanie Griesdorn, Kim Fleming, and Cayla Wise.